8 Jul

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Again, having solved all major issues facing the City of Lubbock, the council passed the idiotic Balloon Ordinance by a vote of 4-3. So who voted for it? Mayor Tom Martin, Councilman Paul Beane, Councilman John Leonard, and Council Todd Klein. Here was the proposed ordinance:

Sec. 23-34. Intentional Balloon Releases.

(a) No person shall intentionally release or cause to be released outdoors:

(1) any balloon made of a non-biodegradable material filled with a lighter than air gas;

(2) any balloon made of an electrically conductive material filled with a lighter than air gas; or

(3) more than 30* balloons made of a biodegradable material filled with a lighter than air gas at one time. **Klein amended from 10 to 30**

(b) Biodegradable balloons that are attached to any non-biodegradable material or electrically conductive material shall not intentionally be released outdoors.

(c) It shall be an exception to this section that balloons are released by a governmental agency for a governmental purpose.

So the 3 conservatives on the council, which they are proud to call themselves, just voted to increase government. Nice. They wasted time on an issue that even the Mayor said comes up about twice a year. I wonder when this council will get around to banning plastic bags from stores? There are many more bags flying around Lubbock. Who’s going to enforce this ordinance anyway? The city can’t even patrol the water ordinances and we expect the Police, who are understaffed, to deal with balloons?

Here’s a quote from the AJOnline and Floyd Price, “Balloons was today. What’s next?” Councilman Floyd Price asked later. “I think it’s time for government to back off and look at serious issues.”

So Floyd Price, who isn’t the most conservative, understands that government needs to back off, yet Martin, Beane, and Leonard don’t. Amazing.

Thanks for dealing with the real issues facing Lubbock council members! Pathetic. Oh, and about being mocked over this vote guys… you deserve it.

More on this later and on LFN tomorrow.



  1. Cheryl July 9, 2009 at 11:01 am #

    Yes, cows will eat almost anything, including all those plastic bags and bottles that are not biodegradable. Latex balloons are 100% biodegradable and your cows stomach acid will dissolve any latex and they won’t get choked on it either.

    Also, there should be no exception for the government and all governmental agencies, local,state or federal either. they should lead by example, not exception.

    You are making the state of Texas look bad because you haven’t done your homework. Balloon releases are never done with foil balloons outside.

  2. chadhasty July 9, 2009 at 11:08 am #

    For more on what Cheryl is talking about:

  3. guy1511 August 18, 2009 at 11:42 pm #

    I think the city council should put a copy of this ordinance in balloons and release them so all the citizens can get a copy delivered to their door step via a lighter than air gas, plus its legal for them to do.


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